Coughing may feel like the right way to clear stubborn phlegm and mucus, but in fact it usually only makes the situation worse.
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Coughing is designed to clear a brief block of the air pipe and one firm cough or two very occasionally is its place. However, a lot of coughing is harsh on the delicate tissues and draws cold, dry, unfiltered air into the airways, damaging the linings and membranes often leading to swelling and inflammation. The loss of carbon dioxide causes the airways to constrict as smooth muscle goes into spasm.
Some people end up with a chronic cough – and the more they cough, mucus production increases and dries out the mucus making it sticky and harder to dislodge. Many people find they are in this vicious circle with uncontrollable coughing.
Frequent coughing is a common symptom of hyperventilation and in particular, habitual mouth-breathing.
Traditional management of conditions like chronic bronchitis and bronchiectasis often involves manoeuvres like postural drainage in which sufferers are encouraged to increase their breathing volume…
I was being treated for a combination of asthma/sinusitis/reflux and persistent cough. Since doing the course I am now off all medication, my general health has improved and this winter I have had no colds, flu or bronchitis and I no longer cough all the time.
Thanks to learning to retrain my Breathing with Buteyko and the referral from my GP my quality of life is now fantastic.
Marianne, Townsville (58)
Breathlessness & Emphysema (COPD)
Emphysema / COAD / COPD
Many people suddenly diagnosed with COPD often just have really bad asthma, the “COPD” opens the door for very strong and potentially dangerous drugs to be justified – these people through breathing Retraining usually get completely better.
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Emphysema is a condition in which damage has occurred to the alveoli or lung tissue. Emphysema is often referred to as COAD (Chronic Obstructive Airway Disease) or COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) The more severe the condition the more damage to the lungs that has occurred. The alveoli (or air sacs) of which there are over 300 million in each person, lose their tone and can no longer work efficiently. This results in a smaller surface area for the gas exchange to occur.
The typical symptoms of emphysema are breathlessness, noise or wheezy breathing, fatigue on activity, inability to exercise without severe breathlessness. This I due to the inefficient oxygen exchange. It is normally assumed that the damage to the lungs makes improvement with the condition unlikely, but by learning to breathe correctly with Buteyko it is possible to significantly improve the oxygen exchange despite the existing damage.
Breathlessness, or shortness of breath, is a common symptom experienced by many people. People therefore often think they must not be breathing deeply enough; that somehow the tightness around our chest is restricting the breathing and making it too shallow…making us breathless.
Breathlessness is principally an outcome of poor oxygen exchange. Most people, understandably, assume that they require a greater volume of air to reach the lungs to bring more oxygen in. Paradoxically, the greater volume of air that is pushed in and out of the lungs the less oxygen will be available for use by our tissue cells. This is the Bohr Effect. By reducing breathing volumes to the physiologically normal of 4-5 litres per minute, the alveolar CO2 level is raised and thus results in a greater amount of oxygen being released from the blood to the cells.
Deep breathing does not deliver greater amounts of oxygen to our body, on the contrary, it delivers less. Deep breathing at rest results in dizziness, fatigue, anxiety, and eventually fainting. The Buteyko Institute Method program reduces symptoms of breathlessness by normalising the volume of air breathed, maximising oxygen exchange.
People who attend the Buteyko course for Emphysema/ COAD/COPD typically experience a reduction in use of reliever medication, increased mobility, less breathlessness and a reduction in mucous and coughing.